District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-09-19

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports fishing enforcement and opening of small game season took up most of the officer?s time. Grouse hunters found little success as rainy weather and heavy foliage played a major role in their inability to see birds. Nuisance animal complaints and questions from public in regards to hunting were answered and handled. Enforcement action for the week involved sturgeon fishing violations.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored area forest roads, continued work on beaver complaints, checked public access sites, and began work on seasonal equipment issues. Worked grouse hunters and ATV violations.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) spent most of the week checking anglers on the Rainy River. CO Velsvaag also checked grouse hunters and saw very few grouse taken. CO Velsvaag took a couple of calls about fishing regulations and fox trapping.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) responded to a large bull moose killed by a vehicle in the Embarrass area. Many samples were collected for research and the meat was donated. The officer spent most of the week working ATV and angling enforcement. There are also a number of trespass issues being investigated. The officer took a complaint of a suspicious male at Bear Head State Park, and DNR along with local law enforcement are investigating.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the small game and archery deer opener, bear hunters and baiting, ATV?s, anglers, and invasive species and state park enforcement. Most grouse hunters checked had birds in their bag. Two discarded bear carcasses and other litter found in a road ditch led the officer to a suspect who identified two suspects that did the dumping. Further investigation discovered the initial suspect was baiting for the hunters/litter bugs and he had committed a number of bear baiting violations, which then made the litter bugs responsible for illegally hunting over the illegal bait stations. Several violations were the result. Moral of the story is to dispose of your litter properly. Enforcement action for the week consisted of hunt within 100 yards of an unregistered bear bait station, no ID sign on bear bait station, fail to register bear bait station, littering, no gifting receipt, no small game license in possession, fail to drain water related equipment, transport aquatic macrophytes, and several ATV and OHM violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety class in Cherry and has started taking other calls from young sportsmen and women anxious to obtain their firearms safety certificates. CO Frericks reminds young hunters to not wait till the last minute to get their certificates. Reports of taking geese after legal shooting hours were investigated and followed up on. The small game opener saw very few people out on the cool, windy day. Little of the foliage has fallen in the Virginia area making grouse hunting very difficult. Some baited deer stands were located. Photographs and GPS readings were taken of these stands. These stands will be monitored throughout the fall to build a case should CO Frericks find someone in the stand hunting deer over the baited area.

Ray - vacant

International Falls #2 - vacant.